The Register: You publish 20,000 clean patches, but one goes wrong and you’re a PC-crippler forever

The Register: You publish 20,000 clean patches, but one goes wrong and you’re a PC-crippler forever . “Security software maker Malwarebytes has emitted two product updates and apologised to users – after its code turned their machines into near-bricks. The problem started with a production update the company pushed out last Friday, which sent users to their keyboards complaining of excessive RAM and CPU consumption.”

BetaNews: Microsoft issues emergency Windows update to disable Intel’s shoddy Spectre variant 2 mitigation

BetaNews: Microsoft issues emergency Windows update to disable Intel’s shoddy Spectre variant 2 mitigation . “The computer industry is in utter chaos right now. Despite a slight increase in PC sales for Q4 2018, the market is still extremely unhealthy. Not to mention, pretty much all existing hardware is fundamentally flawed thanks to both Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. At least major companies such as Intel, AMD, and Microsoft are working together to mitigate these risks, right? Wrong. These patches have proven to be problematic — for instance, some AMD computers were rendered unbootable. Ugh, what a failure.”

Lifehacker: What’s Going On With the Spectre and Meltdown Patches?

Lifehacker: What’s Going On With the Spectre and Meltdown Patches? . “Earlier this month, computer security expects dropped a bombshell on the internet. A pair of vulnerabilities titled Spectre and Meltdown that date back to 1995 were putting a wide variety of computers, smartphones and internet browsers at risk. Since then, companies like Microsoft and Apple, along with chip-makers like Intel and AMD, have been racing to release patches, but it hasn’t been the smoothest process. Over a week later, the effort to fix these exploits is far from finished. Here’s a rundown of what you need to know about the state of Spectre and Meltdown patches.”

Warning: Microsoft’s Meltdown and Spectre patch is bricking some AMD PCs (BetaNews)

BetaNews: Warning: Microsoft’s Meltdown and Spectre patch is bricking some AMD PCs. “As if the Meltdown and Spectre bug affecting millions of processors was not bad enough, the patches designed to mitigate the problems are introducing issues of their own. Perhaps the most well-known effect is a much-publicized performance hit, but some users are reporting that Microsoft’s emergency patch is bricking their computers.”

BetaNews: Microsoft’s emergency Windows Meltdown patch may be incompatible with your PC

BetaNews: Microsoft’s emergency Windows Meltdown patch may be incompatible with your PC. “The problem is the fix is incompatible with what Microsoft is calling a ‘small’ number of anti-virus software products. We don’t know how small, or what products are affected, but if you’re running one of those programs, you won’t be offered the patch as it could lead to Blue Screen of Death errors that would leave your PC unable to boot.”

ComputerWorld: MS fixes ‘external database’ bug with patches that have even more bugs

ComputerWorld: MS fixes ‘external database’ bug with patches that have even more bugs . “Yesterday, in an odd Patch Thursday, Microsoft released five patches for the ‘Unexpected error from external database driver’ bug. But the cure’s worse than the disease. If you installed one, yank it now — and expect Microsoft to pull the patches soon.”

It’s Patch Blues-day: Bad October Windows updates trigger BSODs (The Register)

The Register: It’s Patch Blues-day: Bad October Windows updates trigger BSODs . “Microsoft’s October batch of security patches and bug fixes caused some corporate PCs to suffer blue-screen-of-death crashes when starting up this week. The Redmond software giant has fielded multiple complaints on its support forum from system administrators, who said the KB4041676 and 4041691 updates are making their machines go titsup.”